My friend and fellow style blogger Monica at Living in Vogue and I were invited to a fun store in downtown Palo Alto called West Elm to help celebrate their 1 year anniversary. We were tasked with styling a table using items from their Heritage and Murray collections and items from our own DIY table decorations. After visiting their store and exploring their collections we were inspired to create a rustic cabin table setting. I decided to make these DIY Chalk Acorn Placeholders. The beauty of these acorns is that they will be the most unique item at your holiday table and they are super easy to make! (more…)
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Last week I teamed up with friend and style blogger Monica from Living In Vogue to host a party Dressing Up the Holidays at West Elm in Palo Alto. Monica brought beautiful clothing, shoes and jewelry samples from Ibiss Boutique in Willow Glen and presented fantastic wardrobe ideas like; glam up your wardrobe by investing in a statement piece of jewelry that you can wear with most of the holiday outfits in your closet. (more…)
Moving is a great opportunity to clear the clutter and enjoy a fresh start. When a client hires Kuzak’s Closet to help manage their move and organize their new home we take care of all of the details – from the space planning to the unpacking.
We’ve been working on several relocations lately and today I wanted to share my favorite tips and some pictures to inspire you to embrace the opportunity to start fresh.
Tip#1: Sort and purge before you move! So many people pack up all of their possessions and take them to their new home without sorting and purging. Why bring unwanted clutter into your new home? Take the time to eliminate all of the items you no longer use or need. You’ll be surprised at how much easier it is to unpack!
I develop a sorting and purging schedule with my clients prior to their move. We typically schedule 4-5 sessions to work on each space in the home. This helps me understand their storage preferences and gives me an idea of how often things are used which is a great help when it comes to setting up systems in their new home. This is a picture of a toy pile that I sorted through the day before one of my clients moved…
One of my very favorite client organization projects is creating a home Command Center. Every home has multiple catch-all spots for every day items like mail, office supplies, magazines, instruction manuals, gift cards and coupons. I want to help you consolidate everything into one central location, so I am sharing my best how-to tips.
Over the weekend I threw together one of the easiest dish I make, BBQ crock pot chicken. It only requires 2 ingredients, 3 if you want to get fancy. The chicken is perfect in salads and sandwiches and I love making a big batch so I have leftovers or to stick in the freezer for a day that I don’t feel like cooking.
I’m so glad I decided to write a post each week called Fab Friday. It forces me to slow down for a bit and reflect on the little moments in my week that made me smile.
This week there were SO many fun events. For example, this picture from last week’s Estate Sale cracks me up. The sale was a complete madhouse and a crazy success, we sold $9,000 in two days out of a mobile home park-AMAZING! The streets were lined with cars and trucks loaded with goodies, fabulous! The guy on the truck closest to the camera is named Gary, he is an estate regular and he makes me smile.
Another estate shopper that makes me smile is named Miguel. He is knows the way to my heart (and a good price) is food. He brought the entire estate crew steak tacos on Saturday, fabulous!
After the sale was over we celebrated with a little college football and a lot of pizza. I have been sticking with my diet for the most part but pizza always makes me cave. This pizza is from Skip’s in Los Altos, it’s so good! (more…)
I hope you are ready to party because today my guest blogger Erin is sharing the inside scoop from her daughter’s Hawaiian Luau birthday party. Erin is a friend of mine and a wonderful graphic designer, make sure to check out her Etsy shop Molly & Gordon after you read this post.
Yesterday morning Chris and I picked up our friend Larry in San Francisco and drove to Sonoma for a fun day trip. Sonoma is about 45 minutes from the city and the drive is beautiful, passing through Sausalito and Mill Valley on the way. Sonoma is a cute little town filled with boutiques, restaurants, and of course, WINE!
This week is my husband’s birthday, he is turning the big 2-8 and I wanted to throw him a little party. When we lived in Chicago it was hard to entertain because of the lack of parking on our street and our limited outdoor space.
It looks like we are having about 14 people over for the big bash and I wanted to share some tips that I live by to stay sane when planning any event, large or small…Wish me luck and I will post recipes later this week.
- Plan your menu 5-7+ days ahead of time
- Create 3 shopping lists;
- 1 for the items that you can buy and/or make ahead of time…
- A second for the fresh items that you need for the day of…
- A third for fun items like candles, plates and napkins, and miscellaneous fun items like ice buckets or favors etc…
- 5-7 days ahead of time, shop for the fun items that you need. I think it is best to do this ahead of time so you don’t go overboard and spend money outside of your budget. Last minute shopping is always a bad idea! Also, if you are grilling make sure you have enough propane or coals.
- 3-5 days ahead of time shop for the items on your first shopping list that are non-perishable or can be made ahead of time. If you are trying a new recipe, be sure to try it ahead of time for a taste test.
- 3-5 days ahead of time prepare items that can be frozen or stored until the day of the event. For example: Chris’ party is in 3 days so today I prepared one of the desserts and one of the salads ahead to save time on the day of the party.
- 1 day ahead, shop for the fresh items on your list like fruit, veggies, meat, and seafood.
- 1 day ahead of time, set out the platters and serving ware that you plan to use. This will help you visualize how you should set up your table and help avoid any stress the day of.
- The day of…prep as many items as you can for the event several hours before the event. Set your table and tidy up the house. Start to prepare the food just before the guests arrive so you can have things in the oven or ready to go on the grill just before they arrive. Remember to take some time at the beginning of your party to greet your guests and get everyone comfortable before you serve the main course.
- Enjoy the party!
- Try to get a load of dishes in the dish washer before you go to bed the night of a party just to give you a leg up in the morning when you start to clean up. (this is one step I struggle with, I always try to clean up the night of a party and end up even more exhausted).
Thank you to Kuzak’s closet for hosting us today. At As Sweet As It Gets, we love throwing a great party and think that some of the best parties are the intimate ones. So, when Amanda told us of her plan to do a series of posts on “girls’ night out,” we wanted to share our idea for a special time with friends. Our idea of a girls’ night out is actually a girls’ night IN. We would make it a ladies’ tea!
With all of the graduation parties and wedding events happening this time of the year, it is important to stock up on stationary to send thank you notes and words of encouragement to your friends and family. Each Sunday my sister and I co-write a blog post about our favorite things. This week my sister Ashlie and I wanted to feature some of our favorite handmade stationary. Each week our theme changes so make sure to visit us every Sunday to check out what we are into next!
Before we show you our picks, check out our favorite post from last week’s Linky party! Erin from “Back in St. Olaf” shared her favorite lamps, below is one of her favorites from Pottery Barn, aren’t they cute! Be sure to visit her blog for the rest of her picks!
This week on Sister Sister we wanted to share our favorite outdoor items. Spring is in full swing and summer is on it’s way. I know I love having a deck and a yard finally after years of living in Chicago with no outdoor space. My husband and I are always outside either playing with the dog or reading in the sun. My sister Ashlie has a large yard and a great back porch. It is a great place for her and her husband to hang out while they watch their daughters play.
Enjoy our Sister Sister post this week and don’t forget to link up to our Sister Sister party. Thanks so much for all of you who linked up last week, especially to Jessica from “A Few of My Favorite Things” blog for linking to our party and adding our button to her blog list. Thanks!
Lavender Round Wreath from William’s Sonoma
I have been looking for a wreath for my front door for the last few weeks and my journey has been endless. I am looking for something I can put up after my spring wreath comes down in May and take down when I put my fall wreath up in September. No one in my neighborhood had a wreath on their front door but I feel like it adds to the appeal of our house and greats me when I come home from a long day. This wreath is definitely on my wish list.
Country Living Planter from KMart
I love this planter because it is easy to fold up and store. Plus, for the price you could spray paint it to coordinate with your outdoor space.
I bought these ring glasses and crate and barrel and I am quite impressed, what a bargain! I was in desperate need of extra drinking glasses but I didn’t want to break the bank. I bought 6 of the cooler size glasses and my grand total was $9.50 after tax, if you are looking for something that is heavy but not too pricey check these out…
Last week I went to the mall near my house to do some Mother’s Day Shopping (The early bird catches the worm!) and I couldn’t believe how gorgeous the flowers were. Everything was so cheery and manicured, I couldn’t help but get my camera out…
A few days later my friend Larry and I went to the Mountain View Farmer’s Market and decided we couldn’t leave without a these ranunculus, 3 bunches for $8! What a deal!
Larry used to be a floral designer in his past life so I let him do all of the work with the arrangement, he was so professional that I decided to catch him on video, watch him select the right shade and then twist it into the bouquet.
I last month’s issue of “Real Simple Magazine” I saw this gorgeous bud vase. It is perfect for creating a wonderful centerpiece in 5 minutes, I also love that is it one large vase instead of lots of little ones. Many of my clients have vases that they don’t really like but feel like they need to keep which creates a lot of clutter. This piece would be easy to store but I have a feeling it would be out on display full time.
I was doing some research on the internet when I stumbled across these 2 items, I just had to share. The first is a set of paper cups with noses on them. You can use them at a party, when your friends lift the cup to take a drink it will look like they have a different nose, pretty funny I think.
Last night I attended my first CAbi party, which is a clothing party for women. It was a nice relaxing way to shop, the CAbi rep helps find styles for each lady in attendance and during the party you get a chance to try stuff on and get honest opinions from the other party-goers. If you are looking for cute clothes for spring and love to entertain, check out the CAbi line, it is made by Carol Anderson who formerly sold her line at Nordstrom and Macy’s in the 1980′s. I can recommend a rep in the San Francisco Bay Area and my Aunt also sells the line in Michigan so I could give you her contact information as well. The parties are fun and honestly, the clothes are great, much cuter than anything in stores right now.